Posted by Adam Jacobi
In an exclusive interview with PennLive.com, the mother of one of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case said that Sandusky personally admitted to inappropriately touching her son while showering with him in 1998. The mother, who like her son is remaining unidentified, said that Sandusky told her he had committed the act, but investigators later declined to press charges. Here's more:
It allegedly happened in May 1998, following a tour of the football locker rooms. Her son and another boy, both 11, shared a shower with Sandusky.
When he got home he said, ‘If you’re wondering why my hair is wet, we took a shower together,’ and ran into his room, his mom recalls.
But after a six-week investigation that included the mother confronting Sandusky in her home as police listened in the other room, Sandusky was cleared.
Then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided there wasn’t enough evidence.
When the mother confronted Sandusky, he said: “I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead,” according the presentment from the grand jury.
“Jerry Sandusky admitted to my face, he admitted it,” the mother said. “He admitted that he lathered up my son they were naked and he bear-hugged him. If they would have done something about it in 1998, and then again in 2002 — there was two chances they dropped the ball and I think they should all be held accountable.”
In an interesting twist, Gricar disappeared in 2005, and has been presumed dead since then. Gricar never publicly spoke about why he declined to press charges, but the mother has said she was told "it was all a big mistake," according to PennLive.com.
Gricar remained district attorney in 2002, when the next alleged incident involving Sandusky took place, but by all accounts he was never informed about that alleged incident. Indeed, police would not be notified about Sandusky's alleged conduct again until 2009, 11 years after this alleged incident, when the latest alleged victim came forth; that admission sparked the grand jury investigation that continues to this day.
In related news, Sandusky's court hearing on his charges has been moved from this Wednesday to December 7, per a continuation request from his attorneys.